Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden stands as a tribute to William Wrigley Jr., founder of the Wrigley chewing gum company. Wrigley had a strong connection to Catalina Island and played a large role in shaping it for the future. Finished in 1934, the 40 m (130 ft) memorial tower at the center of the gardens marks Wrigley's original burial spot, although his body has since been moved. The memorial--built primarily from material taken from around Catalina Island--overlooks Avalon Bay. The gardens surrounding the memorial were designed by Wrigley's wife, Ada, and contain plants that grow in California but nowhere else in the world. These rare plants are spread throughout 15 hectares (38 acres) of the gardens, and are now tended to by the Catalina Island Conservancy. PutWrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden into our Avalon trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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We hiked from the waterfront. It was a fairly easy hike, and a nice day for it. The botanical gardens were interesting. The view from the memorial depends on the weather. It was hazy for us. It was a.... more »
First advise, don’t walk up from town in the summer! there is a bus system you can take. the gardens are interesting, but it is by and large a a garden for cactus lovers. Especially because of the..... more »
Great place to take your time and explore! Lots of small paths with beautiful plants and flowers to admire. A great stop along the golf cart paths when exploring Catalina Island. There are public restrooms and water fountains in the gardens as well.
Such a serene atmosphere. We got to see plants that were different to anything we've ever seen. To our surprise two deer came out of the bushes and ran right by us! It nearly gave us a fright, but it was neat!
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